All About Glass

All About Glass

This is your resource for exploring various topics in glass: delve deeper with this collection of articles, multimedia, and virtual books all about glass. Content is frequently added to the area, so check back for new items. If you have a topic you'd like to see covered, send us your suggestion. If you have a specific question, Ask a Glass Question at our Rakow Research Library.

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Salt Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration (August 2019)
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Bringing his unique style and approach to flameworking to The Studio, Salt teaches students in his class how to break down color palettes and assemble sculptures from multiple pieces. Get an insider’s view into his processes during this live stream from the class Sculpture & Lampworking

Kim Thomas Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Sculptor and flameworker Kim Thomas shows students in her class how to incorporate moving parts into sculptures using borosilicate glass. Get an insider’s view during this live stream from her class Model & Motivity on August 21. See the final foot starting at 1:15:25. When not teaching at The

Iittala + Oiva Toikka's Birds Live Streamed Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artists Juha Saarikko and Helena Welling from Iittala in a live, narrated demonstration from the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Both glassmakers are visiting as part of the fourth Imagination to Creation: Oiva’s Birds. See the final birds starting at 1:23:15. Browse the full collection of

Joe Peters Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Influenced by marine life and the natural world, artist Joe Peters demonstrates for students in his class how to create detailed sculptures of animals, plants and humans in borosilicate. Watch him demo a solid hammerhead shark in this live stream from The Studio. See the final shark starting at 58

Sarah Briland | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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Hear from artist Sarah Briland about her Sinking Island series and her response to climate change https://www.cmog.org/bio/sarah-briland "Utilizing sculptures that are actually working within a museological framework and finding ways to create the strangeness within the pedestal: it's

Catherine Labonté Guest Artist Demonstration (August 2019)
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Watch as Catherine Labonté unveils a new, never-before-seen glass animal--a penguin--during a guest artist demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Hear the name Catherine selected for the penguin and see the piece out of the annealer starting at 2:03:25. Shop glass made by the artist https:/

Masahiro Sasaki Guest Artist Demonstration
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Japanese artist Masahiro Sasaki subscribes to the concept of “kogei,” skilled craftsmanship, and how material and technique lead to form. Sasaki leads the glass program at Aichi University in Japan. In his work, he likes to experiment with organic shapes to create sculptures with an inorganic

Jim Byrnes Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Flameworker Jim Byrnes teaches students in his class the skills for solid sculpting, hollow ware, straight seals, and pulling points. In this demo, he shows how to blow glass ornaments. See the final works starting at 1:20:29. When not teaching at The Studio, Byrnes works out of his studio in

Helen Tegeler Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Helen Tegeler create a large acorn with a squirrel all made in glass. See the final piece starting at 1:21:02. From growth patterns, developmental structures, and surface textures, Tegeler feels there are infinite design possibilities when interpreting nature in glass. https://www.cmog.org

Jim Butler | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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"Glassblowing is entirely...it's like playing music. You depend on and conjure it with the participation of other people and that fundamental difference...I'm addicted to really. I find it incredibly energizing, and not just in terms of the immediate experience, I think that it has

Deborah Czeresko Guest Artist Demonstration (August 2019)
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Watch Deborah Czeresko, the winner of Blown Away, create a large scale muffler in glass. See the final piece starting at 1:25:39. Deborah Czeresko’s work originates from personal experience influenced by the complexities of modern day political and social ideas. https://www.cmog.org/bio/deborah

Shinobu Kurosawa | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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"What I pay attention to while I'm working is this: I believe when one creates something, one's feelings remain within that object. So I'm attentive to working in such a manner that my own feelings or soul can be infused into the piece I'm making."- Shinobu Kurosawa

Iittala + Oiva Toikka's Birds Live Streamed Demonstration
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Watch guest artists Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko from Iittala in a live, narrated demonstrations from the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Both glassmakers are visiting as part of the fourth Imagination to Creation: Oiva’s Birds.

Ben Dombey & Kit Paulson Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch a collaborative demo from The Studio featuring artists and instructors Ben Dombey and Kit Paulson in both the flame shop and the hot shop. When not teaching at The Studio, Paulson uses her flameworking skills to make intricately detailed wearable glass masks, hats, and crowns. https://www

Emilio Santini Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration (July 2019)
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With 600 years of a family tradition in glassblowing behind him, flameworker Emilio Santini coaches students in his class on various sculpting and glassblowing techniques to help them realize their own creativity. Get an insider’s view during this live stream from his class Flameworking for

Make Your Own Glass Ornament
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Try glassblowing at The Corning Museum of Glass (any age if accompanied by an adult).

Tom Moore Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Tom Moore create a fantastical sculpture with historical references in this demo from the Amphitheater on August 8, 2019. See the final piece starting at 2:08:34. Moore imagines and creates in glass gorgeous birds and animals that have hybridized with modern automobiles and airplanes and is

Chris Rochelle Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Chris Rochelle create a glass tulip-stemmed goblet in this demo from the Amphitheater on August 1, 2019. See the final piece starting at 1:27:24. Chris Rochelle enjoys the constant, steady focus that forming glass demands. A common thread in his work is creating tight forms with clean edges

The Making of "Blown Away" Panel Discussion
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Want to know what goes into creating the first-ever glassblowing competition show? Hear from the creators, contestants, a guest judge, and the host, and get the inside scoop on the making of Netflix's hottest new show. Host: Nick Uhas Contestants: Annette Sheppard and Momoko "Momo"

Catherine Ayers Guest Artist Demonstration (July 2019)
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Watch Catherine Ayers create a glass man on the moon in this demo from the Amphitheater on July 25, 2019. See the final piece starting at 1:32:16 Making glass since 2001, Ayers’ whimsical and unique glass creations are always changing through her ongoing incorporation of different inspirations and

Studio Live Stream: Jim Byrnes
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Flameworker Jim Byrnes teaches students in his class the skills for solid sculpting, hollow ware, straight seals, and pulling points. Get an insider’s view in to his processes during this live stream from his class Flameworkers Blow Glass Too! on July 31. (Photo credit: Image provided by the artist

Behind the Scenes of Blown Away
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For the final episode of the Netflix original series Blown Away, The Corning Museum of Glass was invited onto the set and into the spotlight. The Museum's senior manager of hot glass programs, Eric Meek, served as the guest evaluator, bringing six talented glassmakers from the Museum's

Suellen Fowler Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration (June 2019)
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Watch Suellen Fowler's demo of making a flameworked glass owl from June 26, 2019. See the final piece starting at 1:11:37. When not teaching at The Studio, Fowler devotes much time and energy to developing and refining oxide formulas to color borosilicate glass. Her work features rich colors

Martin Janecký Guest Artist Demonstration (July 2019)
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Watch Guest Artist Martin Janecký's demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from July 18, 2019. See the final piece starting at 2:29:19. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a

Group Tours at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Why should you bring your group to The Corning Museum of Glass? In addition to showcasing 35 centuries of glass art and history, The Corning Museum of Glass is home to a world-class demonstration space, a stunning Contemporary Art + Design Wing, and guests can even try glassmaking themselves. With

Matteo Seguso Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch the narrated demonstration with Guest Artist Matteo Seguso in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from July 11, 2019. See the final piece starting at 1:38:00. NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, this recording does not have the audio from the hot shop that we typically record, but the narration is

Making an Impact
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The Corning Museum of Glass impacts our communities in ways beyond the obvious. https://www.cmog.org

Conservation Live Stream: Glass from a Conservator's Perspective
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In this live stream from the Conservation Lab, watch as Steve Koob, chief conservator;  Astrid van Giffen, associate conservator; and Lianne Uesato, assistant conservator share the issues and concerns that conservators keep an eye out for when managing a collection of glass objects that spans from

Helen Tegeler: Museum Gaffer
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Helen Tegeler on new ways of working with an ancient material: "Even with such a rich history we strive to find new ways to explore and push the boundaries--trying to make glass not necessarily look like glass but using it as my communication for creativity." The Museum Gaffer Profiles

Glass Tension and the Prince Rupert’s Drop
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Prince Rupert’s Drops are incredibly strong, but they have an Achilles' heel. That’s why Prince Rupert who created them thought they’d make for excellent party tricks. Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass safely shows "Blown Away" host Nick Uhas how this unique glass shape,

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